Col de Peyresourde - Avajan (Pyrenees)
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Roads & TrafficThe road surface is in very good condition throughout.
Expect to be passed by cars every minute or so on the climb.
Col de Peyresourde is one of the legendary climbs of the Tour de France, with the race having tackled the climb over fifty times since its first appearance in 1910. Leaders over the summit have included the likes of Fausto Coppi, Federico Bahamontes, Bernard Hinault and Alejandro Valverde. Stages regularly uses both sides of the climb and have once finished at the ski station of Peyragudes, which is just 2km from the top of the Peyresourde. Most commonly, however, the climb is used in combination with other great ascents, such as the Col d'Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and Pla d'Adet.
The climb from Avajan is moderately challenging. The gradient is quite consistent and allows strong cyclists to get into a nice rhythm, but equally, there are few places to recover if you are struggling. This is the least scenic side of the Peyresourde, with much of the lower slopes in trees; however, it does open up towards the top, with the last 3km basically consistenting of a long straight road which offers some nice views of the rolling countryside.
At the top of the climb you can turn right to continue to Peyragudes. This is a short and gentle extension which takes you around 60m higher and offers some nice views down towards the lake at Loudervielle.
The Peyresourde is usually kept open throughout the year as it is a relatively important pass in the region. Short term closures are possible in winter though.
Other sidesCol de Peyresourde can also be climbed from the east, starting in Bagneres de Luchon.
Nearby ClimbsCol d'Azet
Route des Lacs
Port de Bales
Col du Portillon
Col du Tourmalet